TSTEVENS: 919-829-8910 — Julius Randle, the top senior basketball forward prospect in the country, used twitter to send out his top 10 this week:
Julius Randle, the top senior basketball forward prospect in the country, used twitter to send out his top 10 this week:
Julius Randle@J30_Randle:_ Texas Kansas Baylor UNC Duke Kentucky Florida NC St Oklahoma and Ok st .. No specific order
Randle is a 6-foot-8 forward from Prestonwood Catholic (Tex.) and is ranked as the No. 3 player in the Class of 2013 by ESPN behind 6-8 Jabari Parker of Chicago Simeon and 6-5 Andrew Harrison of Richmond (Texas) Travis High. Harrison’s twin Aaron is the No. 4 player.
“Julius is a physical specimen,” said Dave Telep, ESPN’s senior basketball recruiting analyst. “He plays like a freight train. He has an intense desire to get to the basket.”
Telep said one of the things that is most impressive about Randle is his consistency.
“He is going to get double digit rebounds and 18 points,” Telep said. “He set the tone with his intensity at some events this spring.”
Crowder trims list: Tyrone Crowder, a 6-foot-2, 330-pound offensive guard, trimmed his list of potential colleges last week to Florida, Georgia, Stanford and the University of North Carolina.
Crowder is ranked by rivals.com as the No. 2 prospect in North Carolina behind Charlotte Vance wide receiver Larenz Bryant and as the No. 2 offensive guard prospect in the country.
Crowder helped Richmond County to a 2-0 start. The Raiders have beaten Sun Valley 56-28, Lee County 55-28 and Anson County 58.
“He is doing a good job for us, but everyone has to play better,” said Richmond County coach Paul Hoggard. “We’re playing pretty good, but not good enough.”
Gottfried’s offer: Telep reports Broughton junior guard Cameron Gottfried picked up his first scholarship offer recently when Jimmy Patsos of Loyola (Md.) offered.
Summers starting at Hargrave: James Summers, who led Greensboro Page to a victory over Garner in the NCHSAA 4AA football championship last December, is expected to start at quarterback at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Academy.
Summers committed to N.C. State, but signed with North Carolina. He did not qualify academically and enrolled at Hargrave.
The national letter of intent he signed with UNC is no longer valid, but he told Inside Carolina last week, “It’s a done deal. Carolina is where I’m going.”
He had said much the same thing about N.C. State before signing with the Tar Heels.
Wells watch: Dez Wells, the former basketball standout at Raleigh Word of God, is trying to make a quick transfer after being expelled from Xavier University, where he averaged 9.8 points as a freshman.
The 6-foot-5 Wells was expelled from the school on Aug. 3 for a “serious violation” of the code of student conduct. The grand jury in Cincinnati rejected criminal charges.
Wells visited Kentucky and Memphis and planned trips to Maryland, Ohio State and Oregon, according to ESPN’s Dave Telep. He probably would have to sit out one season, but have three years of eligibility remaining.
He played his senior season of high school at Hargrave.
FNF magazine: Friday Night Football North Carolina, a new high school football magazine, arrived this week. The full-color magazine has team information, recruiting articles and all-star selections.
Regional editions of FNF have been produced in Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida in previous years. It is available at newsstands and at www.NorthCarolinafootballmag.com.
Among the features is a top 50 North Carolina junior list that includes Leesville Road’s Braxton Berrios, Wakefield’s Jake Butler, Panther Creek’s Dorrel McClain, Durham Hillside’s Trevion Thompson, Southern Durham’s Maurice Trowell and Hillside’s Dontae Williams.